Cédric Pescia

French-Swiss pianist (Lausanne, 1976 - )

Cedric Pescia is a pianist with an atypical journey and eclectic tastes. He is one of the most talented and fascinating musicians of his generation.

Cédric Pescia started to learn the piano when he was seven besides Christian Favre at the Conservatoire of Lausanne, his natal city, and won a first prize in virtuosity with the congratulations of the jury in 1993. Afterwards, he studied under Dominique Merlet in Geneva where he would receive in 1997 another prize. Yet, he wished to leave Switzerland to "meet some true excitement". Alongside professor Klaus Hellwig at the Berlin University, he completed his education for more than ten years, while improving his technique besides pianists of international repute, such as Pierre-laurent Aimard, Daniel Barenboim, Christian Zacharias, Leon Fleisher or Andreas Staier.

During that time, he would attend the master classes Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau gave on the lied interpretation. His international career was launched in 2002, after he won the first prize of the Gina Bachauer International Artists Piano Competition. He performs on European and American stages, as a soloist or in chamber formation - and particularly with his wife, Israeli violinist Nurit Stark. His spiritual masters are Cortot, Schnabel, or Glenn Gould with whom he shares a passion for Bach's music. 

His first album in 2004 was noticed: dedicated to Goldberg Variations, he plays with an equal talent Couperin's orders, Beethoven's last sonatas or the work de John Cage.
Since 2006, he has been the artistic director of "Ensemble enScène", a series of Lausanne of chamber music concerts. He also hosts master classes in the United States and in Europe and had been appointed in 2012 a piano professor at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève.

Six landmark dates in the life of Cédric Pescia
2002: first prize at the Gina Bachauer International Artists Piano Competition in Salt Lake City
2003: was invited to the "International Piano Academy, Lake Como" until 2006
2005 and 2007: member of the jury of the Clara Haskil competition
2006: artistic director for the concerts « Ensemble enScène »
2007: won the Prix Musique de la Fondation Vaudoise pour la Culture
2014: released the Art of Fugue of de Bach  

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Radio France musical documentation biography, January 2014